Archive for November, 2013

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Autumn’s Light Series: Photo 5

November 18, 2013
The perfect star to end this series! What delightful images the season’s rays brings to us. All we have to do is look for the magic.
 
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When life takes you on a gallop you despise,
your soul turns cranky and bitter,
and your spirit feels old and weary,
look up into the sky and let your heart
ride the clouds like an angel unafraid to fly.
 
As you glide through the organic firmament,
look down at your earthly home
and all the good in your life,
then laugh at your irrational qualms,
and feel the unpleasant weight subside.
 
Incline your mind, then, your body too,
in a life-walk that causes you to sing a song,
dance under a star, and spend no more time
bound in useless moods or doleful misgivings.
–©Dianne Marie Andre 013
 
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Autumn’s Light Series: Photo 4

November 12, 2013

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This morning I watched the autumn light

and felt its warmth on my body like a hug and a kiss.

I gawked at the season’s hues,

studied how one color offsets another,

then yearned to travel the world

so I could pocket God’s mysterious creations . . .

the simple and the complicated wonders of nature.

My pockets would be full, no doubt,

and my eagerness with little or no self-control,

for every day I would take out autumn’s light

and hold it in the palm of my hand,

not once, not twice, but more times than I could count.

I would hold spring’s brilliant blossoms,

unbelievable sunsets, weird and strange creatures,

only to marvel and repeat this question,

“How’d you do that God?

How’d you do that?”

–©Dianne Marie Andre 2013

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Autumn’s Light Series: Photo 3

November 6, 2013

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Author Jon Katz recently blogged, “I think all photographers are obsessive, really, we focus on things and go back to them again and again, time and again.”

Katz words made me feel better about my obsession to stalk the autumn light and capture, digitally, what I see with my eyes. Unfortunately, I fail at seizing the full beauty more than I succeed. The photo here is far from being technically spot-on or professional. But the photo does show the playfulness of autumn’s rays sliding across the southeast pasture behind the tips of silver maple leaves.

When autumn light ebbs through foliage (or window panes) rays move quickly. A photographer has to be on alert, wait and watch. The perfect moment can pass within seconds. As an amateur photographer, sometimes I miss the perfect opportunity because I don’t know or I don’t have the camera settings correct for the situation. Other times, the angle from which I focused the lens, or distance, creates a bad image.

Photography is a lot like gardening. In order to harvest the perfect results, ensuing factors must come together at the right moments. And, so, “all photographers focus on things and go back to them again and again, time and again.”

Photographers (and gardeners) just can’t stop themselves!

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Autumn’s Light Series: Photo 2

November 4, 2013

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Flowing beneath the oak branches, the sun’s rays magically turned Salvia ‘Maraschino’ gilt and deciduous appearing. But the foliage of this evergreen perennial was and still is green. What a treat, mid-morning, to view the highlighted foliage from my office window!

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